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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Spring Wildflowers

Chris Grondahl photo: White penstemon
Chris Grondahl
  White penstemon
(Penstemon albidus)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: upland prairies, ditches, and pastures
Flowers: white or pale purple in color, funnel shaped
Height: 6-16 inches
Blooms: mid May to late June
Family name: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
Other names: White beardtongue
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Root can be chewed to ease pain of toothaches. "Penstemon" refers to its five stamens per flowers.

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